Virgin Atlantic Partners with easyJet for Seamless Europe Travel
Booking one ticket across the Atlantic and another, separate one, to fly a budget carrier within Europe that same day is a travel hack many of us use to save money—after all, getting to Riga can be expensive if you opt for just one booking via a flag carrier and its tangled web of codeshares and alliances. But it also comes with plenty of risks and inconveniences: Because the flights aren’t connected in any way, the airlines treat them as standalone reservations, meaning you’ll have to check in, go through security, and claim your bag…twice. And if one of your flights is delayed and you miss the other, well, you’re pretty much SOL.
It’s good news, then, that larger, full-service airlines are now connecting with budget carriers to offer one seamless booking: Starting today, easyJet has a new agreement with Virgin Atlantic under its “Worldwide by easyJet” program, reports aviation blog Airline Geeks; with the partnership, passengers can book one itinerary through the easyJet website. The airline requires a bit of a longer layover—at least two hours and 30 minutes, to ensure flights aren’t held up—but will rebook passengers if they miss their connecting flight.
The “Worldwide by easyJet” program was launched in September 2017, and has quickly grown since then. In addition to Virgin Atlantic flights, passengers can now sync bookings on Norwegian, WestJet, Thomas Cook, Corsair, La Compagnie, Aurigny, and Loganair, and connect through London Gatwick, Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam , Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, and Edinburgh . And connections to Southeast Asia are on the way: In September 2018, easyJet announced a partnership with Readers’ Choice Award-winning airline Singapore Airlines and its low-cost subsidiary, Scoot.